I love getting lost in a good story.
I read this book years ago and have always said it was one of my favorite books. Listening to it, I remember why. The description of the architecture is wonderful, and the idea of building your story around the architecture was so different than a typical approach to historical fiction, which typically begins with some central historical figure. Follett's approach helps you better understand the experience of the characters in their physical surroundings. I love that.
I also love that he draws a whole new picture of the Knights in shining armor. As Follett depicts them, the men at arms are certainly not the gallant heroes we like to imagine, and William Hamley is the worst of the worst. He is a dreadful, horrible creature with absolutely no redeeming qualities except his blond curls, which you come to hate as much as him.
Aliena, however is an amazing woman. What she endures and overcomes is dreadful. But you can't help but want to have her strength, brains and courage. The lengths she will go to for the men she loves is admirable, but then how can you not love Jack? He is not like the magical men that women often write, he is real and flawed and all the more perfect for it.
Wonderful character development, wonderful story lines, amazing book.
I listened to this book in a matter of weeks even though it was 40 hours long. I had a hard time putting it down. I feel in love with the characters and i though the narrator was great.
Amazingly wonderful story!!! Ken Follett is a master weaver of this tale of the love of a girl, love of a boy, love for a church, love for honor, and love for cruelty. In a time that I didn't know much about....it's interesting to hear how things were done in regards to clothes, food, religion, and love. I enjoyed this story so much...I can't believe I let it sit in my library for so long....I was saving it for a rainy day....I am so glad it finally rained!
When I first heard of this book, I was sure that I would hate it. After all, it's quite long and the description had nothing that interested me. Finally I decided to give it a try because it seemed to be a novel that many different kinds of people thoroughly enjoyed. I was hooked within the first few chapters, and was sad that it had to end. This is one of the best books I've come across in a long time...maybe the best ever. Don't let the length bother you because it goes by way too quickly as you are transported back in time. The characters come alive and the plot has many twists and turns. I promise that you will not regret trying this book or feel that you've wasted any time. In fact, by the end you will find yourself longing for more!
Some books this long are bogged down with boring descriptions or lengthy explanations. Not Follett's POTE! It is gripping throughout, never losing me as a "reader". I was anxious to get back into the story during every commute, and was sad to see the story end. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, particularly lovers of historical fiction.
Say something about yourself!
it is a good story. It was too long for me.
A little bit shorter
Surely worth it.
Oh, how I wanted to love this book! Everything about the cathedral and the setting was wonderfully realized. The day to day struggles were engaging and well described. Unfortunately, the actual plot revolved around characters and situations that felt like they were pulled directly from a Mexican soap opera. The story is filled with contrived situation after contrived situation that violently ejected me from the world of the book. By the final part when we suddenly had a cameo from Thomas Beckett I was about ready to strangle the author. As historical fiction epics go, this one is very much middle of the road, distinguished only by the strength of the setting.
This book took me prob. 6 weeks to finish, but it was easy to pick up where you left off.
In a lot of ways I was glad it was over, and the story was brought to a conclusion. There are a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed following the lives of the characters.
NO... You don't need yet another person telling you this is a great book.This book will blow you away... Yes... It's that good! It's not better than Watership Down... or... any number of different books I've listened to.. but... it is EXCELLENT!... a book you won't be sorry you listened to... It's one you'll be happy you didn't miss...